Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Friday, September 27, 2013
40 Days For Life: DAY 3: "I'm hooked!"
Dear Deacon John,
I just wrapped up a great visit to Pittsburgh, helping kick off their 40 Days for Life campaign.
125 people turned out to hear the great praise-and-worship band, Intent
... along with Georgette Forney, co-founder the of Silent No More
Awareness group. The vigil location is on a busy downtown street.
Here I am at the event with Nikki Bruni, the local campaign coordinator:
If you've never had a chance to actually pray at a 40 Days for Life vigil -- here's your invitation!
The first step is to find the location nearest you:
And if you need a bit of encouragement, here's one first-time prayer volunteer who's now energized and ready to do even more!
hooked!" was the reaction of a young mom who had just finished her
first-ever prayer hours at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Pensacola.
feel like I'm actually doing something to end abortion," she added.
"It's great to do something ... instead of just talking about abortion."
She said she would commit to as many days of prayer at the abortion center as possible.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
tells me the first 40 Days for Life campaign in the Atlantic City area
is off to a great start -- and the blessings are obvious, even when the
abortion facility is closed.
"We had so many cars and trucks beeping and waving," she said. There was also the young woman who drove up to ask for help.
was 9 weeks pregnant and considering and abortion," Ethel explained.
The volunteers offered God's love -- and information about how she could
find assistance. The woman said she would return for more prayer ...
but she had to get home, where she has four other children.
Please keep this woman -- and the many others just like her -- in your prayers.
Here's today's devotional from Dennis DiMauro of Lutherans for Life...
Day 3 intention
We pray for God's gift of strength as we strive to protect human life during these 40 Days for Life.
I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than
food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the
air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
-- Matthew 6:25-26
of dollars are spent each year on diet plans. But Jesus tells us to
stop worrying so much about our bodies, and instead to trust in God's
care for our physical needs.
would happen if the people who had started on a low-carb diet this year
had instead gone on a diet of heavenly food? For non-believers that
diet would include trusting in Christ for their salvation, and for
believers it would include a renewed prayer life, a new Bible study, or
even a spiritual fast. This diet doesn't include giving up on certain
kinds of foods. What this diet includes is giving up on anxiety by
resting in the loving arms of Christ, trusting that He will provide.
a spiritual diet also frees us from our worries, and allows us to
freely praise Him and serve others. "Therefore I tell you, do not worry
about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what
you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more
important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or
reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not much more valuable than they?"
promised provision teaches us the inestimable worth of our lives. He
will not allow us to go without. This intimate knowledge and care for
human life on the part of our gracious God is what motivates us to seek
for the preservation of human life in all its stages.
heavenly Father, help us to see the worth of all human beings by the
way in which you provide for us. We would ask that you provide also the
faith, grace and courage to enable us to protect that which is so
precious to you. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
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